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Man Up

In association with Mishcon de Reya

Man up. Boys don’t cry. Grow a pair.

Suicide is the single biggest killer of men under 45 in the UK today*, and male suicides account for roughly three quarters of all suicides in the country. Mental health charities suggest this is, in a large part, down to the social pressure on men to show their mental and physical strength and to keep their emotions to themselves.

With more and more men in the public eye coming forward to counter these potentially damaging stereotypes our notion of masculinity is slowly changing. But what is this so-called ‘toxic masculinity’, where does it come from and how does it affect our society as a whole?

Alongside this spring’s production of Arthur Miller’s All My Sons, a play in which masculinity means fighting for your country or going to any lengths to provide for your family, this Voices Off panel discussion will look at what it really means to be a man in the twenty-first century.

Panel includes: Ben Hurst (Head of Facilitation and Training at the Good Lad Initiative), Paul McDonald (Executive Director of External Affairs at Samaritans), Scottee (award-winning artist and writer) and Jordan Stephens (Rizzle Kicks, leader of mental health campaign #IAMWHOLE). Chaired by Nick Doffman (Partner at Mishcon de Reya LLP and leader of their Health and Happiness programme).

*Statistic taken from: www.thecalmzone.net/help/get-help/suicide/

Please note: For your comfort and security, you may be subject to additional checks on your visit to London theatres – we appreciate your patience and understanding while these are taking place.

Tickets: £6/£5 for students & concessions

ACCESS:

Please note that this event will take place in the Baylis Bar which is only accessible via a number of stairs. Please email access@oldvictheatre.com for more information.

Thu 23 May, 5.30–6.30pm

Please note: For your comfort and security, you may be subject to additional checks on your visit to London theatres – we appreciate your patience and understanding while these are taking place.

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